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Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Jewish National Fund to Honor First Responders at 9/11 Memorial Events

(JNS.org) As the world marks the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks next week, Jewish National Fund (JNF) will host and participate in various memorial events in the U.S. to honor American first responders.

JNF, which in 2009 constructed the 9/11 Living Memorial in the

Israeli Ministry Advances $1 Million in Aid for Houston After Hurricane Harvey

(JNS.org) Israel’s Diaspora Affairs Ministry announced Monday that it is “advancing a plan” for $1 million in emergency aid for Houston’s Jewish community following the damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey.

“The city of Houston was hurt badly last week, and the Jewish community, 70

Harvey Devastates Houston’s Jewish Community

As a member of Houston’s Jewish community writing about a devastating flood for the third time since May 2015, I’m at a loss for words. Sitting in the comforts of my third-floor apartment, where I’m fortunate enough to view the unprecedented waters of Hurricane Harvey as a spectator, it feels trite to be putting on my

Chabad Aids Houston-Area Jews With Kosher Meals, Clean Water and Shelter

(JNS.org) Chabad-Lubavitch has announced that it is aiding Jewish residents of Houston with kosher meals, clean water and shelter amid the biblical-style flood enveloping the region resulting from Tropical Storm Harvey.

According to Chabad, the southwest Houston neighborhood of Meyerland, home

OU and RCA Direct Efforts to Support Hurricane Harvey Victims in Houston

(Courtesy of OU/RCA) The object in the photo was obscured by murky waters but was nonetheless identifiable to any Orthodox Jew—it was an Artscroll siddur, submerged and floating aimlessly in a synagogue sanctuary that is unlikely to host a prayer service anytime soon.

This image from the

Nachum Segal Network and OU Partner in Hurricane Harvey Relief and Awareness in Houston

NEW YORK – Top Jewish radio personality Nachum Segal and the Nachum Segal Network have partnered with the Orthodox Union to travel and broadcast next week live from Houston in their efforts to keep the global Jewish community updated on the needs and rebuilding efforts of the Jewish Community in Houston. Segal will be in Houston from Wednesday, September

Hamas Leader Says Relations With Iran ‘Fantastic,’ Vows to Liberate ‘Palestine’

(JNS.org) Yahya Sinwar, the Hamas terror group’s recently elected political leader in Gaza, said Monday that his organization has fully restored relations with Iran and is making preparations for the next war with Israel.

Iran is now “the largest backer financially and militarily” of

At Samaria Ceremony, Netanyahu Vows to Never Again ‘Uproot’ Settlements

(JNS.org) While attending a special ceremony Monday evening marking 50 years since the Six-Day War and Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to never again “uproot” settlements.

The “Lights of the Jubilee” event, organized by the Samaria

New Project Introduces Israel to Popular Bloggers Around the World

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) An innovative project seeks to change Israel’s international image, one blogger at a time, as part of the StandWithUs organization’s fellowship program.

As part of the initiative, 26 students at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya have made it their

Israel Sends Aid to Flood-Battered Texas

Two teams of Israeli aid experts are on their way to Texas to provide vital relief and psychosocial support to the thousands of people who have lost everything in the catastrophic Tropical Storm Harvey.

The storm, which first hit Texas on Sunday and continues to plague the beleaguered state with

In Effort to Revive Peace Talks, US Asks PA to Halt Diplomatic Offensive Against Israel

U.S. President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner asked Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during their meeting in Ramallah on Thursday to freeze diplomatic initiatives against Israel for a period of some four months, in exchange for an American commitment to submit a comprehensive diplomatic plan within that

The Underwater Tanach Verse?

I definitely expected, during my gap year in Israel, to study Jewish texts and to deepen my connection to Judaism while learning in yeshiva. I didn’t expect to hear a short Tanach class while underwater, of all places.

During Sukkot break, I traveled south to the resort city of Eilat